They must not drug screen at ESPN.
Ryan Timmons really would have lit it up this year in this offense!
Just like fine wine, it gets better with age...
Dude, is summer over yet? This has not been fun...
Now, THAT's real news!
Honestly, I still view a "successful" season as winning a national championship. Sounds crazy, I know, but that's the level of success I want each and every season. I supposed I'm satisfied with 11-2, assuming that neither of the two losses come against non-B1G opponents, *ichigan, or PSU.
Really look at their schedule, and with their talent level, find me more than 2 losses. It's pretty difficult to do, even without Brax. I think the Bucks are THAT MUCH BETTER than everyone else that they play. Whether the inexperience sufficiently stunts the success of the talent, we'll just have to wait and see.
So success would be at least 11 wins with a B1G Title. However, I'd say that the threshold for "disappointment" would be fewer than 10 wins and losing to either/both PSU and *ichigan.
I have always loved Arsenal. Because when I was a kid, how could I not root for a team named Arsenal?!? Plus, I grew up playing FIFA, and loved Bergkamp, Henry, and even guys like Ashley Cole and, of course, David Seaman.
Ah yes, also of note, it was the last time that *ichigan was a relevant program I believe...
"Don't act like you're not impressed!"
It is a fair point considering that the Buckeyes are slated to play only one top 25 team. However, preseason polls are pretty much meaningless, especially in the playoff era into which we've entered. Call me in November to get a fair evaluation of OSU's schedule. As it sits now, it's not terrible, but it's just "meh." It sets up pretty well for the scenario that has unfolded, depending on how the D fares vs. Va. Tech. Barrett could get his confidence level up and feel pretty good heading to Happy Valley, and later East Lansing, and then, who knows? A lot can happen between now and November. So, for now, just let it go.
Let's be honest, every successful program at the SEC, PAC12, B1G, ACC, or BIG 12 level needs some top 40-50 talent and some five stars, but if a kid is among the top 300 players in the nation, odds are, he's still a pretty damn good player. So, as long as MOST of their recruits are top 150 kids, they'll be just fine. I'd LOVE for all of their recruits to be top 25 talent, do not get me wrong. However, I don't put much stock in any of these rankings until the high school season is mostly completed and "postseason" rankings are released. Until then, it's nice, but I also trust that Meyer and Co. know which kids fit their systems and their long term goals for winning championships. That being said, hell yeah I'd love the highest rated class possible littered with top 10 talent.
How about we sit back and enjoy 2014 first, and then worry about 2015? I'm still all in with this team. Without Brax, and with their schedule, this is still, at worst, a 9-3 team with potential All-Americans along the DLine. So, while it is fun to think of 2015 and how good they will be (I think that they will be amazing, probably best collection of talent since at least 2006), let's remember that we get to watch Michael Bennett, Jeff Meuerman, and Devin Smith for one last year, not to mention, we could see stronger performances from the Grants.
So, let's appreciate the 2014 team for who they are and what they can and will accomplish before writing off the whole season. Don't get me wrong, the Bucks will be SCARY good in 2015. I have no doubt of that. However, i also look forward to seeing whether EzE is who we think he is, whether Jalin gets some time, and whether or not Dontre finally breaks out. It's gonna be a good year.
Happy 8th from Nick Saban in the deep, black heart of SEC Country!
But seriously, thanks for being the best free sports site in the world!
I'll admit it. I was wrong. Hope he can get back to 100%. QB competition in 2015 will be AMAZING.
Wow. Just wow. I need to find a shoe to eat, b/c I was completely off on this. I thought that there was no way he'd be back. Damn, they're going to be really, REALLY good next year. Imagine a backup with either Brax's or JT's experience, and perhaps even alternating them to keep them both healthy.
WOW. I hope for a speedy recovery, although not too speedy, and am glad that he'll pursue a graduate degree. What a pleasure it is to have this young man as part of OSU's football program.
I think I created something similar on NCAA Football like 10 years ago...
OSU is bigger than one player, although that player is one of my all-time faves. It's certainly quite sad for his career as a Buckeye to end this way.
On the bright side, Notre Dame is wearing these -
No way Brax comes back. It would be very irresponsible honestly. He has suffered an injury every single season in Columbus, so why risk anything further? This injury is serious enough. No need to risk any further damage without being paid for it. Load up on classes and rehab. Graduate and prepare for the Combine. Stay determined and persevere. He can lead this team from the sidelines and in the locker room. He can help JT lead the team this year, and develop him, still being a significant contributor to what will still be a B1G Title contending team.
Long term, the future leaders get a ton of experience, winning 9-10 games, playing in a January Bowl Game, and develop into an unstoppable juggernaut for 2015-2016.
"Retooling? I'll retool you!"
But, seriously, Bosa, Holmes, Lewis, Cornell as Ends, Schutt, Carter, and Hill in the middle. They'll be just fine. And that is operating on the assumption that Spence and Washington leave. They both have a year of eligibility left.
They will be loaded with talent that gains a lot of experience this year. Just look at the depth chart. This may be one of those years like 1994, 1997, or even 2004, when you can see that there is a ton of talent, and this team is just ready to be launched on a crazy run of success. I am not sure how 2014 will pan out, probably a top 12-15 season. If Barrett starts all year, with that experience under his belt, and Herman and Meyer are still there, they're a playoff team for sure. Lock it up.
I just hope he's able to heal up enough to work out at the Combine. I hate seeing it happen his Senior year especially. Now, time for the rest of the team to go out and get him a B1G Title! He has carried them consistently for three years...time for them to carry him. We're with you Brax, and hope everything works out so that you can fulfill your dream of playing on Sundays!
Let's go Bucks! 11 Days!
Birm, thanks for providing some sunshine on what most are calling a dark day. Given the activity with LB recruiting, has the staff resigned themselves that the Baker ship has completely sailed, or is there a chance that he may take some officials this fall? I know he's pretty tight lipped, but was wondering if you'd heard anything.
Way to stay positive.
So, is this SI's fault or Herbie's? I'm confused!
Sad to hear this about Brax, but OSU's mentality should fall in line with that of the great philosopher, Any Katzenmoyer, "At Ohio State...we reload." OSU was always going to have a tough transition after Brax, so at least now it will happen in a year when they're working in a new OLine, developing the abundant youthful talent at the skill positions, and getting younger on D. 2014 may end up being a 9-3, 10-2 type season with a New Year's Day Bowl at the end of the rainbow. Who knows, with a few bounces their way, they could still certainly win the B1G. Things could always be worse. I feel much worse for #5 missing being robbed of his final year in Scarlet and Gray, and getting a chance to lead his team to a championship. Then again, they may lead him to one...
Either way, 2014 will be a good year, and 2015 is looking like a very, VERY good year.